Overnight leader Severin REICH of Germany claimed the gold medal in the Advanced Novice event Thursday at the NRW Trophy in Dortmund followed by wo French skaters; Luc ECONOMIDES earned the silver and Julian DONICA took the bronze.
After his technical ambitious Short Program Reich impressed the crowd with an elegant skate. He nailed a nice triple Salchow-double toe combination and a triple Flip. He earned level three for his spins and his step sequence. The young German picked up 69.44 points and totaled 106,99 points to remain in first place. „The jumps went really well today. It was the first time in a competition, that I hit the triple flip, I completed the flip the first time in practice two weeks ago. It’s not the first time I am on the podium at an International competition I won the Ice Challenge in Austria one week ago. I enjoyed skating here in Dortmund, it’s a great competition,“ Severin REICH commented.
Luc ECONOMIDES, dressed in tradiotional french clothes, moved up from 3rd to 2nd with a strong Free Skating. He completed a triple loop, triple Lutz, triple Salchow-double toeloop combination and a triple toeloop-double toeloop combination. He scored 72.69 points and accumulated 106.23 points overall. The „Gladiator“ Julian DONICA was rewarded with the second place in the free skating judgement and moved up from fifth to third. His powerful routine featured a triple Salchow-double Axel combination, a triple loop and a triple toeloop-double toeloop combination as well as two beautiful level three spins. He scored 69.56 and totaled 100.00 points overall. Denis GURZDHI (80,04) and Daniel SAPHOZHNIKOV (74,6) placed 7th and 9th. Denis GURZDHI opened his routine with a wobbly double Axel and Lutz, but he recovered and managed to land his double toeloop-double toeloop combination and his double loop fine. Daniel SAPHOZHNIKOV nailed two double loops, but the redhead had some trouble with his triple toeloop and the double Axel.